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On Tuesday 15th June, inspire+ launched their 14th annual Mini Olympics. Unfortunately, this year they were forced to deliver another virtual event, but this did not stop schools taking part in force!

This year the theme of the Mini Olympics took on setting challenges to children to complete the Olympic and Paralympic values and the 5-ways to wellbeing. Each child was given a bingo card displaying all these values, the charities coaches and ambassadors had created challenge videos for the children to watch and then have a go themselves throughout the day.

The videos and content remain live on the inspire+ website for schools and families to have a go at and can be found here: https://www.inspireplus.org.uk/virtual-mini-olympics/

From the launch on the 15th June to Monday 21st June over 1,213 views of the videos have taken place and over 23,767 views and interacts through the charities social media pages has occurred in relation to the Mini Olympics.

Schools were delighted that despite restrictions still being in place, their children could taken part in the annual event:

“Please can we thank you massively for such a fab Mini Olympics! It was superbly organised, and the activities were spot on with keeping the children enthusiastic and active. We had such a great day and it brought us all together.” Allington with Sedgebrook Primary School.

“We twinned the event with our bubble sports day and it has been fantastic. Your videos were wonderful and really engaging. Thank you and your team Chris, you have all done a brilliant job.” Linchfield Primary School.

“It was a great day. Thank you for the easy videos. It was a great way to make it happen without actually being there! We had every child outside on the field taking part.” St Augustine’s Voluntary Academy.

Operations manager for inspire+, Chris Graves said “how pleased everyone at inspire+ was with the impact and levels of participation in the Mini Olympics. It was a great feeling to see and here schools being able to take part together in a mass event despite the restrictions facing them”.

Inspire+ would like to thank everyone for taking part in the event along with local sponsors SKDC, The Rotary Club of Grantham Swimarathon and Nettl of Newark & Grantham.

Fingers crossed that next year the event can be back to it’s 3 days of glory at the SKDC Athletics Stadium.